Monday, June 27, 2011

BBQ Bacon Meatloaf

This is a Hungry Girl recipe that we had to tweek because of the sickeningly high amount of Sodium. Originally it was 707 mg per slice! Crazy huh? We don't know how much we took it down by but hopefully it was about half. Just by using low sodium bacon, tomatoes, and bbq sauce. But we're proud to say it turned out AMAZING! It's so filling and packed with smokey bbq flavor, that we don't even miss our mom's traditional recipes (sorry moms!)
6 slices center-cut bacon or turkey bacon (LOW SODIUM!)
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/4 lbs. raw extra-lean ground beef
1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes (Low sodium)
3 tbsp. hickory-flavored BBQ sauce, divided (Low cal, carb, and sodium... look for Stubbs Hickory Bourbon)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. ketchup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 4 minutes per side. Remove bacon and, once cool enough to handle, chop or crumble. Set aside.

If needed, clean and dry skillet. Re-spray skillet and return to medium heat. Add mushrooms and onion. Stirring occasionally, cook until completely softened, 5 - 7 minutes. Remove from heat and, once cool enough to handle, blot away any excess moisture with paper towels.

Transfer veggies to a large bowl. Add about three-fourths of the bacon, and set the rest aside for topping. To the bowl, add beef, tomatoes, 2 tbsp. BBQ sauce, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly.

Transfer mixture to the loaf pan; if needed, smooth out the surface with the back of a spatula or spoon. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine ketchup with remaining tablespoon of BBQ sauce and mix well. Evenly top meatloaf with the BBQ-ketchup mixture and sprinkle with remaining bacon.

Bake in the oven until meatloaf is fully cooked, about 50 minutes.

Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Serving Size: 1 slice (1/5th of recipe)
Calories: 224 | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 400 mg |Carbs: 10g | Fiber: 1g | Sugars: 7g | Protein: 26g

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mild Sweet Potato Fries

We know we already posted a Spicy Sweet Potato Fries recipe, but since the Chili powder can be a bit tricky, we decided to add this one as well. It's not spicy, but is really simple and delicious. We found it on the same blog that had the honey lime dip and tried both recipes at the same time.

1 lb peeled sweet potatoes cut into 1/4″ match-sticks
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t oregano
1/2 t coriander
1 t kosher salt
1 t parsley
1/8 tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a small bowl combine cumin, oregano, coriander, salt, parsley, and pepper. 
Place sweet potatoes in a pile directly on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.  Use hands to toss until all pieces are well coated.  Sprinkle seasoning mixture on top and toss again with hands to coat. 
Arrange sweet potatoes in a single layer so that pieces are not touching each other.  Place pan in oven and bake for 15 minutes.  Use a metal spatula to gently flip fries and then return pan to oven. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes or until fries are starting to lightly brown and crisp.  Remove pan from oven and cool 5 minutes.  Serve warm.

Honey Lime Dressing

Bre found this recipe through Pinterest which we're both completely obsessed with right now. It was on the blog: Our Best Bites. So we tried it, paired with homemade sweet potato fries, and fell in love!

6oz container plain, low-fat yogurt
1 T mayo (low cal)
1/2 T honey
1 Tbs fresh lime juice
1/4 t cumin
1/8 t oregano
1 t parsley
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t kosher salt

Mix all ingredients until combined.  Chill until ready to use.

It's the perfect mix of salty and sweet. What would YOU dip in this deliciousness?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Grilled Salmon with Melted Tomatoes!

So we haven't made this yet, but I think it sounds and looks SOOO good.


 salt and pepper to taste
6 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for rubbing
10  jalapenos, thinly sliced crosswise and seeded
4 pounds  ripe beefsteak tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped
1 4 1/2-pound  salmon fillet in one piece, with skin

In a large, deep skillet, heat the 6 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the jalapenos in an even layer and cook over moderately low heat, without stirring, until softened, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the jalapenos to a plate.
Add the chopped tomatoes to the skillet and cook over high heat until they release their juices, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatoes to a large bowl. Boil the tomato juices over high heat until thickened, about 8 minutes, adding any accumulated juices from the bowl. Return the tomatoes to the skillet and season with salt.
Meanwhile, light a grill. Spread out a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil that's 12 inches longer than the salmon fillet. Set the salmon in the center of the foil, skin side up, and rub it with olive oil. Using the short ends of the foil as handles, carefully set the salmon on the grill. Cook over moderate heat for 6 minutes.
Transfer the salmon to a work surface. Carefully flip the salmon fillet onto a fresh double layer of foil so it is skin side down. Season with salt and pepper. Return the salmon to the grill and cook over low heat until the salmon is just opaque throughout, about 10 minutes longer.
Spoon the tomatoes and their juices onto a long serving platter. Using 2 long spatulas, carefully slide the salmon fillet onto the tomatoes, leaving the skin behind, if desired. Top the salmon with the jalapenos and serve.

Per serving: 321 Calories (kcal); 15g Total Fat (2g Saturated); (42% calories from fat); 38g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 94mg Cholesterol; 137mg Sodium

Monday, June 20, 2011

Burger Wraps

This is another hungry girl recipe that we took and adapted. It turned out delicious! You must try.

1 large low cal/carb wheat tortilla
1 Extra Lean Turkey Burger Patty
1 Laughing cow light swiss cheese wedge
1 pickle spear
1 tsp. mustard
1 tsp. ketchup
1/2 tsp. taco bell hot sauce
1 dash tabasco sauce

Prepare hamburger patty as directed, either on the grill or in a pan sprayed with nonstick spray. *Make sure to season it because they are a little plain. Chop the patty in bite-sized peices and set aside.

To make sauce combine mustard, ketchup, hot sauce, and tabasco in a small dish and set aside.

Warm tortilla in the microwave for 10 seconds. lay tortilla flat and spread cheese wedge on top. Place chopped burger and pickel in the center of the tortilla. top with sauce. fold sides and bottom of tortilla in and ENJOY!

** I added tomato slices, lettuce, and a few olives. Tomorrow I may add some onions as well.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Chunky, Veggie Tomato Soup!

SOOOO good. I even added tofu shiritaki noodles! :)


  • 2 can (14.5 oz each) Diced Tomatoes with Roasted Garlic, undrained
  • 2 can (8 oz each) Tomato Sauce-No Salt Added
  • 1  diced zucchini 
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper (1 cup = 1 med)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


Combine all ingredients in large bowl; mix well. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate and serve chilled.

Nutrition Info: servings:4 119 calories! 

Stuffed Green Peppers

There are so many different recipes for this recipe! So try this one and play around with it!


    2 Green Bell,Peppers, cut in half 1 lb ground turkey, extra lean, 1 small onion, chopped 1/4 cup of brown rice 1 - 15 oz can of tomatoe sauce, divided


First cook rice as instructed on package, while that is cooking take and chop up onion,. and put in a mixing bowl. wash and cut bell pepper in half.
place in a casserole dish. When rice is done. place about 1/4 cup in and 1/2 cup ot tomato sauce and mix with ground tukey well. Place Mixture in bell peppers. then pout rest of tomato sauce over the peppers, Cover with foil and baked in 350 oven for 1 - 2 hrs,

Number of Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts: Calories 204, Total Fat 2 grams, Cholesterol 45mg, Sodium 724 mg, Fiber 3 g, Protein 29 g. 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tin Foil Dinner

Tin foil dinners make camping GREAT! We love them because there's really not one set way to make them, and they're hard to mess up. Just throw together any vegetables that you have, and add some chicken or a
Jenny-O turkey burger. Then Spray with cooking spray or spray butter, season with some mrs dash seasoning, and throw it on the fire! Here are some of our favorite tin foil dinner ingredients.

Turkey burger
Bell peppers
Sweet potatoes or Red potatoes
Green beans
Black, Pinto, Refried, or Garbanzo beans

For an asian twist:
Add soy sauce, celery, and peanuts.

For a more traditional flavor:
Add either barbeque sauce or low fat cream of chicken soup.

For a Mexican Flair:
Add salsa, lime, cilantro, and fat-free refried beans.

If you're feeling Italian:
Use spaghetti sqush, (already cooked and shredded) marinara sauce, pineappple, ham slices, and top with parmesean cheese.

See? So many different variations. You really can't go wrong with tin foil dinners. Just watch what you're putting in and make sure you realize each topping adds calories and carbs, and try to balance the protein, and you're good to go!

Turkey Burgers!

Nothing makes it feel more like summer than Barbeques right? These freezer to grill turkey patties are AMAZING!! They have 160 calories per patty, and only 9.0 g of total fat. The sodium is very reasonable to at 270 mg per patty. And they ACTUALLY TASTE GOOD!!! Seriously! They are already seasoned so you can just throw them on the grill and go. It's a mild season though so if you like more flavor feel free to add your own. Also, while they say they are "freezer to grill" we had a hard time not defrosting them first because they are packaged in two's and have to be thawed to pull apart. But either way these things are awesome. We will never go back to regular fattening frozen beef patties again!

We grilled them with onions, and added some garlic seasoning and pepper. Then we put them on a Low Cal-carb sandwich thin bun, and added sliced tomato, lettuce, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. mmmm. Bring on the summer barbeques and family get togethers! We are prepared.